Winning Tickets To The Caribbean

Michelle & Bill Stimpson_Trunk Bay, St. John

There are a handful of times in my life where I have experienced something so powerful that it moved me to tears. And hearing two consecutive voice mails back in the summer of 2005 was one of those times. One was a message from a stranger and one was from my husband, Bill. I listened to the stranger’s message which began with, “Hi, you don’t know me, but…” and he continued to state why he was calling. And then I wept. I don’t know that I have ever had that strong of a reaction to such a natural turn of events, but this is one of those times where I knew my life would never be the same.

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In the early 90’s when Bill and I first decided to hang together (and knew it would be forever!), we talked about our greatest love—vacations and travel. We simply couldn’t get enough of the “adventure” side of life and were delighted to be on the same page with each other.

Hooked on vacations

Early on in our business, we led workshops together on creating conscious vacations, we spoke at travel conferences, we created our own vacation-planning process that quickly got the media’s attention, and we began writing a vacation book. A lot of great things were happening for us!

We also created a lifestyle that set us up for being able to take the vacations we wanted. Vacations are simply sacred to us.

But in the beginning of our self-employment, we had to be careful with our finances, and there was definitely a limit to what we could spend on travel. At the time, our dream was to plan a special vacation to a Caribbean island. The airfare there was pretty expensive. But we had our magazine subscription to Caribbean Travel + Life and posted pictures of various exotic islands in different spots throughout our house.

We had Caribbean dreams and visions of “us” being that cute couple on the front of the latest magazine issue dressed in colorful beachwear…making a toast to each other with fruity drinks as a palm tree shaded us from the intense heat of the day.

That dream became a part of us, embedded in our souls. We looked for ways to barter our work with vacation companies and leisure groups. We sought out avenues to write travel articles in exchange for airfare or hotel compensation. We wouldn’t let it go! We were following our joy. We knew and trusted that there would be a way to make this work out and get ourselves to the Caribbean.

The opportunity

At about that time, the local smooth jazz radio station announced a “Trip-A-Day Giveaway.” Without thinking about it too much, we both registered. Why not? Bill was working as a handyman and would set his watch to beep at the appropriate time every day so that he could faithfully listen in as the daily winner was announced. Occasionally we even rearranged our plans so that we didn’t miss a single day of listening!

One morning before Bill left for work he said, “We may not win today, but we WILL win these tickets.” And later that day, the second of those two important voice mails rolled in. This one was from Bill: “Okay, Babes, you better be sitting down for this one.” He continued to tell me that he (yes, he!) was the day’s winner of the trip giveaway! And his message ended with an “I’m serious and I’m not kidding!”

My world stood still and the tears flowed uncontrollably. The tears were not about our upcoming trip to the Caribbean (although the thought of that was absolutely magnificent!), but because of my deep understanding, in that moment, of the power of intention.

Wayne Dyer, in his book, The Power of Intention, talks about how when you know what you want and your intentions are pure and you visualize it happening, the world works powerfully in ways for you to get what you desire. That “power of intention” is already there; we simply have to latch on to it and ride the wave.

The power of intention and universal support

The first voice mail I heard that day was the stranger’s unfamiliar voice: “Hi, you don’t know me,” he said. “But I was just on my lunch break and heard your name announced on the radio.” He proceeded to say that there happened to be a phone book on his desk so he looked up our number because he wanted us to claim our prize quickly and call in.

When Wayne Dyer talks about how the world is working for us to get what we want, this is what he means. The call from that man, a complete stranger, hit my heart in a way that defies words.

A couple years prior, I had been through a very intense visualization exercise in my coaching training where I visited my “Future Self” twenty years down the road. My experience was incredibly powerful and life-affirming. The lovely woman I met in this visualization happened to live on a beach cove in the British Virgin Island of Tortola. By no coincidence at all, this is where Bill and I cashed in on our much appreciated gift from the radio station. We spent two weeks in Tortola; an experience together that forever changed our lives.

Michelle & Bill Stimpson_Tortola BVI

And during that special vacation, in proper fashion, each morning we started out our day with the simple and powerful prayer of: “Thank You.”

*Note: For another fun Caribbean story (this one with a hilarious twist!), check out Just Another Day On The (Nude) Beach.

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10 Responses to “Winning Tickets To The Caribbean”

  • Bill says:

    Fantastic example of the power of intention!

    Although I “knew” in my heart that we would eventually win those tickets, I still almost drove off the highway when they called my name on the radio! My life was never the same after that moment…I now know that anything is possible.

  • Char says:

    I was so moved by your blog! I see how much you and Bill enjoy life and live it fully with intention, joy and gratitude!
    You both are such an inspiration! Every time I read your blog it fills my heart with wonder at how great this life is!
    Love you!

  • Anonymous says:

    I was deeply captured by the stranger who called you guys to make sure you claimed your gift. What kindness!! May we all take such care.

  • Michelle says:

    Hey Michelle,

    This a great reminder for me today of the power of intention.

    Who do I want to be? What do I want to portray? What do I need?

    Put it out there and IT WILL BE!

    Love you,

  • Chris says:

    We so thankfully had you here and are so very glad that your dreams were fulfilled! We now need to work on your return!!!
    We love you guys and miss you terribly- so do the puppies!!!!
    Keep up the good faith and powers to be!!!
    Thank you for sharing your story!
    love from all of us on the hill:)
    Chris & Crew
    Hertitage Inn, Tortola, BVI

  • Anonymous says:

    Your blog is validation for me to continue on my path, to follow my intention.

  • Joshua says:

    Cute feet! wish I was there with you both to expierence it all.

  • Dave Herndon says:

    Dear Michelle,
    Thank you for sharing this, it’s great to know that there are readers out there who really get it. Congrats on knowing where to find your joy.
    Dave Herndon, Editor in Chief
    Caribbean Travel+Life

  • Joan says:

    There’s something about your writing! It’s infused with the essence of the moments and it makes me feel like your victory was my victory :) Thanks for the Caribbean vacation!

    Peace, Joan

  • So happy to know that sharing this experience helps us all to pause, and remember that life is good and working in our favor!

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Michelle Stimpson Hi and thanks for visiting - so glad you're here! This blog is especially for cool people who want to experience joy and live a life of purpose. Welcome!

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Bill Stimpson Hi! Not only will you see me “show up” in many of Michelle’s stories and posts here, but I also serve as Michelle’s editor, helping her clarify intentions and make her posts shine.

One of the great joys in my life is being involved with this blog! It’s a constant reminder for me to focus on the things that bring me joy. It also feels great to be sharing so many of these joys with you - in hopes that you, too, will find ways to focus on your own joyful experiences.

Here's to an abundance of joy in your life!

Bill Stimpson
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